This module can only be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

This course provides an academic perspective on the nature and role of key international security and defence organisations and the importance of culture and place as a context for leadership.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationOnline

What you will learn

•  Describe the key players in the global security and defence arena and their inter-relationships,
•  Critically evaluate the contemporary developments and disputes concerning the nature of strategic cultural analysis and its relevance to leadership,
•  Define the role of ‘bureaucratic culture’ in the development and implementation of national security policy,
•  Reflect upon and critique the utility of cultural analysis, and a range of other analytical tools, for the purposes of wider strategic planning,
•  Compare and contrast the role of different academic disciplines to the analysis of culture,
•  Apply different decision-making approaches across a range of different contexts,
•  Undertake relevant strategic analysis (underpinned by a strong cultural element) of a wider security or defence organisation, a bilateral government ministry or country defence department, of their choice, using appropriate conceptual frameworks

Core content

•  Key bilateral and multilateral stakeholders,
•  Bureaucratic, administrative and legal challenges to strategic leadership in guiding the development of national security strategy,
•  The role of culture and international political economy on strategic planning and international interventions,
•  Decision-making frameworks: methodologies supporting different leadership styles in a range of multinational contexts,
•  Culture as an important driver of transitional change.

Location and travel


How to apply

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